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Pair of McKeesport defensive leaders piling up Division-1 offers

Written by: on Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The 2010 season will be the beginning of a new era in McKeesport Tiger football. Gone is the flexbone/triple-option offense that made the Tigers such a unique opponent.

But defensively, the red and blue return two stalwarts who have been racking up boatloads of Division-1 interest and offers.

Defensive tackle Delvon Simmons and defensive end/linebacker Branden Jackson are both into double-digits in terms of Division-1 scholarship offers. Jackson has a baker’s dozen of offers while Simmons has received a dozen.

Both Jackson & Simmons’ offer lists look fairly similar.

Simmons has received offers from Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia, according to his profile on Scout.com. Additionally, Rivals.com reports the 6’5, 265-pound Simmons has received scholarship offers from UCONN, Iowa, Louisville and Michigan State.

Jackson’s offer list, like Simmons’, includes offers from Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia, according to Rivals.com.

But the 6’4, 225-pound Jackson, unlike Simmons, has not been offered by Maryland, UCONN, or Pitt, but does have offers from North Carolina State, Purdue, Texas Tech and Virginia, according to Rivals.

Jackson and Simmons were part of a McKeesport defense that allowed an average of 11.1 points per game last season. The Tigers held seven of their 10 opponents to 14 points or less, with four shutouts.

McKeesport finished its 2009 season with a 7-3 record, falling in the opening round of the WPIAL “AAAA” playoffs in a 19-7 upset loss to North Hills.

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